The newly released external optical drives
are self-powered with a single USB cable, offering energy efficiency and a simple setup.
"By ditching the need for a built-in optical drive
, Apple can not only make new Macs smaller, thinner and more energy efficient, but will also increase their overall reliability, as optical drives
become one of the last complex physical mechanisms inside computers," explains Apple Insider.
The LifeBook T730 Tablet PC is powered by Intel Core i5 and i7 technology, and has a modular bay that can support an optical drive
, an extra battery, or a backup hard drive.
Weight and bay design: Notebooks range from 17-pound desktop replacements, to 8- or 10-pound all-in-one models with the optical drive
built in, to 3-pound ultraportables that rely on external drives.
The Mac mini, which has a suggested retail price of USD699, comes standard with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB of shared L2 cache, 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, expandable up to 8GB, a DVD optical drive
and a 320GB Serial ATA hard drive.
Now, the firm has been one of the world's top five slim optical drive
suppliers, and is aiming to squeeze into the list of top three suppliers of this kind.
From the energy-saving ECO button to the DVD Sharing application that enables the sharing of optical drive
over a wireless connection and colour matching accessories and polished swanky exterior, both laptops make perfect accompaniments for modern, on-the-go users.
The systems are compatible with Microsoft Vista/XP and Linux, and offer an optional solid-state hard drive (SSD) and a DVD/CD-RW optical drive
with an optional DVD burner available.
Powered by an Intel Centring processor, options also include up to 320GB of hard drive storage, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, ultra-wideband functionality, Bluetooth connectivity, and an optical drive
compatible with Blu-ray.
Users can choose to include a 2MP webcam with Business Card Reader software as well as decide between a 1.8-inch hard drive with a built-in optical drive
or a 2.5-inch hard drive.
There is no ethernet port, only an optional USB-to-ethernet jack and there's no optical drive
(CD/DVD) - the Air SuperDrive is extra at pounds 65.
options include DVD MultiBay II, DVD/CD-RW or double layer DVDRW The 12.1-inch XGA display features a 160-degree wide viewing angle and an optional outdoor-viewable display is available.